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About Me

Married to my soulmate with 2 beautiful girls,and our English Springer Spaniel, Suki. Living a country life in Cambridgeshire, whilst baking, gardening, and photographing our daily lifes, where they find a place on my scrapbook pages.

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My little place on the web

This blog is just that, my little place on the web.You will find my daily (or not so daily, hehe)life, my love for my new vegetable garden, baking, photography and my scrapbooking!

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My Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a way of life for me now.It has been for over 4 years. I love journaling, taking photos of my family and love colour and texture, these are all part of my everyday life and scrapbooking.

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Colouring in

blogged by me domestic goddess On 4/23/2011 08:10:00 PM 0 lovely comments
The weather has been just too good to be inside scrapping, so I have been outside colouring in Little Musings by SJ.
Here is a peek of some I have been playing with.



These will be appearing on a scrapbook layout or two and a few other little bits. I am a huge fan of SJ's beautiful work and I am so pleased for her that they are such a success. Her Little Musings are now available as stamps and can be seen on QVC, how cool is that!

Enjoy the Easter Weekend and the lovely weather
Anna x

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Frantic Week!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 4/21/2011 10:46:00 PM 3 lovely comments
This week has flown by, and my blog has been neglected. Peters mum has been in hospital for an op and daily visits have taken priority for us all. She will be in all Easter, but in true Bowkis spirit we are planning on a mass visit on Easter Sunday for lunch in the hospital restaurant!!!

I am able to share some scrapbooking today!!! I have a layout over on Nikki Sivils blog today. Another Disney photo using Nikki's Summer range




Supplies : Bazzill cardstock, Nikki Sivils Summer range, Such Sweet Tierney buttons




Easter Weekend is upon us and I have a few projects to finish off, as well as hospital visits and relaxing with Peter and the girls. the weather is forecast to remain sunny, so a good weekend it is going to be!

I am thinking of putting together a Spring Mini Photo Session , for details go here.

Thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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Summer project

blogged by me domestic goddess On 4/18/2011 11:02:00 PM 0 lovely comments
I have been looking for a vintage type tray for ages, and the other day whilst in an antiques store I came across one.
I am so happy as this is going to be my Summer project and will be placed in the revamped office on the walls, holding treasures and memorabilia.



The office is a bit of a dump, although it houses some lovely old pieces of furniture. I am going to paint the walls Teresa Green No.236 from Farrow and Ball. The ceiling will be a rich cream White Tie form Farrow and Ball as well.

I already have a silk pendant up at the window with beaded fringing from our old house that will work perfectly.
Just need to sand and re polish the furniture and look for an antique desk to replace the Staples desk in the office now, and then I fancy a Captains chair and a small wing chair would be nice in the corner.
All ideas floating about in my head.





The weather is gorgeous here, Peter is off at the moment and all is well. I feel like I coming through the other side, a long walk at Brampton Woods yesterday really helped clear my head, and is perfect for a photo shoot LOL.
Thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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Exhausted...

blogged by me domestic goddess On 4/15/2011 01:41:00 PM 5 lovely comments
I am here, honest, just needing some down time at the moment. My head is thumping, my brain is not functioning quite as it should, LOL. I think I have read, studied so much stuff these past few weeks that I am over flowing with information, and I am drained.
This afternoon I am headed to London to meet Peter for a charity evening at Romford Dog Stadium. apparently we are sat at the table next to the Mayor. We are staying over and I am really looking forward to an evening with no computer, no day to day pressures. Don't get me wrong, I adore my girls to bits, but just lately Motherhood is not my strongest point and I need some time away.
I dont seem to have the patience for Motherhood, and when Izzy is ringing Peter to tell him Mum is in bed again crying, you just know its time to hang up your gloves and admit defeat. I admit defeat....




I have ploughed so much energy, physically and mentally into Anna Bowkis Photography that I have burnt myself out. This weekend is recharge batteries time and then I can fight next week with an open mind, a clear mind. Peter is off and I am so looking forward to him being around. I love my husband to the moon and back, he really is my brick.

This is not meant to be a doom and gloom post, deep down I am positive. Last weekend's Creative Live with Jasmin Star really gave me the kick up the bum and the encouragement I needed as a person, as a business owner, I am totally in awe of this woman, and as Jasmine says " you need to make big changes, to make big results" and I totally get that.

OK enoughs, enough. I am off to pack an overnight bag and meet a tall handsome blonde at Hatfield train station.

Thanks for listening and stopping by
Anna x

PS: last day to enter the Photo Canvas giveaway see this post

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Photos of Me

blogged by me domestic goddess On 4/11/2011 08:37:00 PM 6 lovely comments
Unusual, but yes photos of me. I thought it was about time that I grabbed a few of me, as I am always behind the camera and rarely in front of it.
These were taken Sunday when we were out for a walk with Suki at Hitchingbrooke Park.



I rarely do full length, and if I had pre planned I would definitely not have worn cream trousers, LOL!
My favorite photo is the second, because Suki is actually in the shot!! Suki never sits still long enough to get a family photo of us with her, so I am glad this was captured, even if it was only me in the photo. One day we will be able to get a family shot, when shes old and grey!

Don't forget I have a fantastic giveawy for one lucky fan of Anna Bowkis Photography!. Pop on over here for details.

Thanks for stopping by,
Anna x

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The weather is too good too blog!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 4/10/2011 11:44:00 AM 1 lovely comments
Sorry guys, but this gorgeous weather means I am out enjoying myself, LOL. BUT today I will blog. Feel an impromtpu photo shoot is in order with the girls!
Enjoy the good weather whilst it lasts!

catch you later
Anna x

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365/2011 month 4!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 4/07/2011 05:08:00 PM 3 lovely comments
Wow where has the year gone, crazy isnt it?? Glad the sun is shining again and Spring is here.
I have got round to uploading my 365/2011 photos, although I am having some issues putting in text, ggrrr blogger!

A few of my favs from the past few weeks are, nothing special just everyday captures that I will treasure :

Suki by my favorite Willow Tree
Izzy laid the table for Mothers Day lunch

Lilly hugging daddy when he got home one evening

Me enjoying , what was, an extremely windy day!
All the above taken with my IPhone and apps for post processing photos.
It just proves that with the right light you can get a pretty decent photo even with a camera phone!
Need to catch up with my document 2011 scrapping now!

I have been busy designing my marketing cards for Anna Bowkis Photography these last few days. the site is now live so do pop on over and have a look. Also check my previous post for a canvas giveaway from Photo Canvas. Giveaway closes 18th April.

Hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather
Thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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Anna Bowkis Photography is live!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 4/05/2011 09:00:00 AM 6 lovely comments
I am really excited to announce that Anna Bowkis Photography is officially open!
And to celebrate, the guys over at Photo Canvas are giving away one 40 x 30 cm canvas to one lucky reader. Below is a canvas I had made for our bathroom.
  Canvas

To enter all you need to do is the following :
  • Like my fan page over at facebook
  • Leave a comment here to let me know you have liked me
  • Share the love! (optional, but would be really good of you!)
Closing Date 18th April 12pm GMT

Whilst I am portfolio building I am offering a 25% discount on all packages, Al a Carte and disc prices until August 31st.
Thank you to everyone for the support I have had, this has been a dream years in the making, but now feels like the right time!
If you would like to inquire about having a photo shoot just pop on over to my website and fill out the contact form.
I look forward to "shooting" you,
Thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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Scrap Rat and Pencil Lines

blogged by me domestic goddess On 4/04/2011 03:05:00 PM 3 lovely comments
 I was asked by Amanda from Scrap Rat to be her April guest designer for the launch of a new kit company here in the UK. I did share a few sneaks the other day , and I am now going to share the layouts in full.





i will be framing this at some point


Supplies : Scrap Rat April Kit

I also used some of the kit to do my Pencil Lines layout this week, just added a few flowers and a vintage card from Kenner Road to the mix.






Supplies : Scrap Rat April Kit, Prima flowers, Nikki Sivils yellow polka dot, Kenner Road flash card, diecut form stash!

Have you popped over to Pencil Lines yet? The new design team are with us officially now and the inspiration is mind blowing!
Don't forget we also have a Pencil Lines Fan Page over on Facebook.

Check back tomorrow for an amazing giveaway to launch my photography site Anna Bowkis Photography. In the mean time please go and check out my fan page on Facebook and "like", you never know it may help you win the giveaway;)

Thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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Happy Mothers Day

blogged by me domestic goddess On 4/03/2011 08:00:00 PM 5 lovely comments
I have had a lovely day with the girls and Peter, Nana, brother and partner! I cooked lunch, and I really dont mind as I enjoy cooking. We had Roast Beef with all the trimmings and I made 2 puds!
Nigellas Lemon Meriunge Cake and Hestons cherry and chocolate pudding.




The day started with Izzy presenting me with a home baked cake that she made in the morning (she got up at 6.30am to bake it!) for breakfast!!!! Hey its never the wrong time of day for cake LOL. The girls bought me a gorgeous Momiji doll and a cute cuddly rabbit.



Izzy prepared the table for lunch and also picked flowers from the garden to add to the table. Lilly sang to us after lunch and the girls then put on a puppet show, with us all in the show. I must share pictures as Izzy and Lilly had built a stage and made puppets of us all including Suki!!



I actually made the time and effort to have a photo taken with Izzy today. I read a really interesting article, "Is there a perfect time?" to have a family photo shoot. I wont delve into it here, but please take the time to go and read it, it will make you be in front of the camera just a bit more often!



Finally tonight Pencil Lines sketch 232 goes live with our new design team, so exciting!! and our guest is pretty awesome too as is this months RAK!

Pop on over and be inspired!
Hope you all had a lovely Mothers Day UK mums, and as always, thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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Challenge at Nikki Sivils

blogged by me domestic goddess On 4/01/2011 12:52:00 PM 4 lovely comments
March challenge over at Nikki Sivils's was a sketch designed by me.

Here is the sketch :



and my layout using "Summer" range of papers and diecuts


Supplies : Nikki Sivils Summer range, Such Sweet Tierney buttons,

If you would like to play along for your chance to win some of Nikki's fabulous papers, just do a layout or card about something you feel lucky about and using the above sketch.  Be sure to post your work to this thread.  Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by
Anna x


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